The Asia Council is a forum for Asia’s heads of state or government and key decision
makers to deliberate on the challenges facing Asia. The council covers 48 sovereign
states and 6 partially sovereign or dependent territories of the continent of Asia,
constituting about 30% of Earth’s total land area, over 60% of total world population
and about 35% of the world economy.
The council sits through an annual summit and periodical ministerial meetings apart
from extraordinary session convened at short notice. Its various specialised forums
meets at different time of the year.
The council is headquartered in Tokyo with regional directorates at Bangkok, Doha
The Council has been constituted to achieve greater unity among Asian countries
and build a stronger Asian community with lasting peace and prosperity in the region.
The council provides a hitherto unavailable platform for the leadership of the entire
Asian continent to unite under one roof and deliberate on pan-continental issues.
The proceeding and outcome of the meets provide the countries with general policy
direction and priorities.
The council has specialised forums that deliberate on a more sustained manner on
matters under their jurisdiction. The forum has frequent sittings with atleast four
session in a year
The forum brings together Asia’s top leadership and global experts to take on most
pressing issues in the continent and seek ways and means to address them through
a cooperative effort.
Asian Leadership Centre
The centre serves as an associate organisation of the council, facilitating dissemination
and implementation of the policy decisions taken at the council meetings.
The Centre also plays a key role in leadership promotion in the continent.
The council has its own think tank and research division that brings out valuable
reports and analysis with far reaching policy consequences for the region. The reports
are published by Asian Leadership Centre.